In my last post I talked about my fascination with maps. Maps don’t have to be about ‘real’ places: some of my favourite maps are of imaginary worlds. Cartographers spend their working life committed to recording the details of our world. Every once in a while someone shows the same level of diligence in recording an entirely imaginary place. One of the best things about Tolkein’s books is that they come with maps, so that we can imagine ourselves in the exact location that he imagined. Welcome to Jerry’s World. He describes it on his website:
I hope everyone has an excellent weekend, possibly involving maps.
In the summer of 1963 I began drawing a map of an imaginary city. The work started as a doodle done in the spare time I had while working at a tedious job. I continued to add to that map through the years until, in 1983, I set it aside to put my free time to other use. The Map was stored in the attic of our home in Cold Spring, New York. It gathered dust. My son, Henry, found it one day while rummaging around. He brought it down to me and asked what it was. Seeing it then triggered me to dust it off and continue the project. It now comprises over 3100 individual eight by ten inch panels. Its execution, in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, and inkjet print on heavy paper, is dictated by the interplay between an elaborate set of rules and randomly generated instructions.